Full Year 2022 Production Report

posted: 01/02/2023

Baar, Switzerland
1 February 2023

Glencore Chief Executive Officer, Gary Nagle:

“Overall, 2022 production volumes were in line with our revised guidance from October 2022, with final quarter sequential production increases delivered across most of our key commodities, including copper, zinc, nickel and coal. During the year, however, we saw a mixed overall production performance. Copper and zinc volumes reflect the base effect of asset sales (notably Ernest Henry and Bolivia), Katanga’s geotechnical constraints and supply chain headwinds in Kazakhstan. Nickel volumes benefitted from operating two lines at Koniambo for the majority of the year, partially offset by Canadian industrial action. Overall coal volumes rose during the year with the acquisition, in January 2022, of the balance of Cerrejón that we did not already own, however, on a like for like basis, Group production actually declined by almost 9 million tonnes (7%), primarily due to abnormally wet weather.”

Production from own sources – Total1

    2022 2021 Change %
Copper                        kt                 1,058.1                 1,195.7                       (12)
Cobalt                        kt                    43.8                      31.3                       40
Zinc                        kt                  938.5                  1,117.8                       (16)
Lead                        kt                    191.6                  222.3                       (14)
Nickel                        kt                   107.5                   102.3                          5
Gold                     koz                      661                     809                       (18)
Silver                     koz                23,750                  31,519                       (25)
Ferrochrome                        kt                  1,488                   1,468                           1


Coal                      mt                    110.0                   103.3                          6
Oil (entitlement interest basis)                   kboe                    6,131                  5,274                        16

1 Controlled industrial assets and joint ventures only. Production is on a 100% basis, except as stated.

Production guidance (unchanged from our December 2022 Investor Update)

    Actual FY 2020 Actual FY 2021 Actual FY 2022 Guidance FY 2023  
Copper                 kt            1,258            1,196           1,058 1,040 ± 30  
Cobalt                 kt             27.4              31.3             43.8          38 ± 5  
Zinc                 kt             1,170             1,118              939     950 ± 30 1
Nickel                 kt                110               102              108          112 ± 5  
Ferrochrome                 kt            1,029           1,468           1,488    1,310 ± 30  
Coal               mt               106               103               110         110 ± 5  

1        Excludes Volcan.

Coal realised pricing

The average Newcastle coal (NEWC) settlement prices for 2022 was $360/t. After applying a portfolio mix adjustment (component of our regular coal cash flow modelling guidance) of $115/t to reflect e.g. movements in the pricing of non-NEWC quality coals, coking coal margins and the lag effect of 2021’s JPU fixed-price contracts, an average thermal-equivalent realised price of c. $245/t can be applied across all coal sales volumes.

Production highlights

  • Own sourced copper production of 1,058,100 tonnes was 137,600 tonnes (12%) lower than 2021, due to the basis change arising from the sale of Ernest Henry in January 2022 (44,800 tonnes), the ongoing geotechnical constraints at Katanga (44,300 tonnes), Collahuasi planned mining sequence changes (26,100 tonnes) and a lower contribution from Mount Isa (21,000 tonnes).
  • Own sourced cobalt production of 43,800 tonnes was 12,500 tonnes (40%) higher than 2021 following Mutanda’s restart in Q4 2021.
  • Own sourced zinc production of 938,500 tonnes was 179,300 tonnes (16%) lower than 2021, reflecting the disposal / cessation of South America operations (83,400 tonnes), closure of Matagami (30,100 tonnes) and lower volumes from Mount Isa (39,600 tonnes), as Lady Loretta approaches end of mine life.
  • Own sourced nickel production of 107,500 tonnes was 5,200 tonnes (5%) higher than 2021, reflecting Murrin Murrin’s scheduled major maintenance shut in the prior year and Koniambo running two production lines for the majority of 2022, partially offset by lower production at INO due to strike action in Canada and Norway.
  • Attributable ferrochrome production of 1,488,000 tonnes was in line with 2021.
  • Coal production of 110.0 million tonnes was 6.7 million tonnes (6%) higher than 2021, reflecting higher attributable production from Cerrejón, following the acquisition in January 2022 of the remaining two-thirds interest that Glencore did not already own, less declines elsewhere in the portfolio. On a like for like basis, overall Group production declined by 8.9 million tonnes (7%), primarily due to wet weather challenges and an extended community blockade in Colombia.
  • Entitlement interest oil production of 6.1 million barrels of oil equivalent was 0.9 million barrels (16%) higher than 2021, due to a full year of production from the Alen gas project in Equatorial Guinea, following its commencement in March 2021.

Other matters

  • The Group’s mineral resources and ore reserves report for 2022 is published today on our website.

To view the full report please click here: https://www.glencore.com/dam/jcr:e43e5f94-6484-4332-9f09-e3601aafb44f/GLEN_2022-FY_ProductionReport.pdf

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